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It takes more than 14 minutes to get an ambulance in the Bronx

As if I needed another reason to avoid New York.

Heckuva job mayor!

Heckuva job mayor!

NY Post: If you’re really sick, avoid The Bronx. City EMTs and paramedics took almost 15 minutes to get to Bronx patients who called 911 this year — four minutes longer than it took in Staten Island, according to city data analyzed by The Post.

And despite 21,764 fewer medical emergencies in the city — and the de Blasio administration’s pledge in February to speed up response times — the citywide average so far this year has been 12 minutes, 23 seconds, or 37 seconds slower than it was in the first eight months of 2014.

In The Bronx, ambulances arrived at emergencies in an average of 14 minutes, 29 seconds, according to city 911 data. Staten Islanders, by comparison, waited 10 minutes, 26 seconds for an ambulance.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley

“The lack of EMS services is dangerous and puts countless lives at risk,” said Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Queens), who demanded more ambulance tours. “If you live in The Bronx, these numbers say your life is just not as important, which is unacceptable.”

The average response times so far this year were 11 minutes, 36 seconds in Brooklyn; 11 minutes, 38 seconds in Queens; and 12 minutes, 8 seconds in Manhattan.

Last winter, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, who oversees the Emergency Medical Service, blamed frequent snow and ice for sluggish response times and promised the City Council in February that he would speed up the average response by 20 seconds in 2015. In the same month, Mayor de Blasio pledged to spend $18 million to hire 149 new EMS dispatchers and add 54 ambulance tours with an emphasis on improving Bronx medical care.

But response times have only gotten slower.

Bronx EMS workers arrived at emergencies an average of 40 seconds slower in the first eight months of the year compared with the same period in 2014, even though medics and EMTs handled 2 percent fewer cases. EMS took 1 minute, 4 seconds longer to get to emergencies in Manhattan, even though there were 2,818 fewer incidents to treat.

FDNY officials would not address the slower response times but said an additional 45 ambulances tours will help. They noted that for life-threatening emergencies, the average response time in The Bronx was 7 minutes, 51 seconds.

But that figure comes with a caveat, because the FDNY measures the time from when an EMS dispatcher receives a call to when a unit arrives on the scene. City 911 records calculate response times differently — from the moment the 911 call is made to when a unit arrives. By that measure, life-threatening emergencies in The Bronx took much longer to get to — 9 minutes, 53 seconds.

By either calculation method, the average response time in The Bronx for life-threatening calls was slower this year than last, a Post analysis of the data found.

A rapid EMS response significantly increases a patient’s chance of survival. Brain death can occur in four to six minutes in respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest and overdose cases. “When you overdose, you stop breathing,” an EMS source said. “What makes a world of difference whether you live or die is how quickly I can get to you.”


De Blasio aide blames Bloomberg for growing number of homeless New Yorkers

Shocker, neither commie wants to man up to this mess.

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NY Daily News: It’s not his fault. The de Blasio administration, which has been under fire for the growing number of homeless New Yorkers, is pushing back and blaming former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

One of Mayor de Blasio’s top aides took to Twitter Tuesday to point out the city’s shelter population exploded under Bloomberg. “Who was mayor during time when NYC homeless numbered 25,000 in 2002 and jumped to 53,000 by 2013. Not @BilldeBlasio,” press secretary Karen Hinton tweeted.

Her comment came hours after MSNBC host Joe Scarborough ripped de Blasio on air for 10 minutes, saying his “misguided liberalism” is contributing to the homelessness crisis.

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“There are a lot of liberal New Yorkers that are sick and tired of this happening with de Blasio,” Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida who lives in New Canaan, Conn., ranted. “He can run a social experiment somewhere else, he can go to Philadelphia if he wants to run it.”

“Talk from pundits is cheap,” Hinton said. She said in the “face of past deep cuts to successful programs,” de Blasio has offered more support services and more care for the mentally ill homeless and increased affordable housing.

The number of people living in city shelters is close to 57,000, down from a historic high of 59,068 in February — which was a 10% jump from the number of people who lived in shelters when de Blasio took office in January 2014.

Numbers spiked after the city eliminated the Advantage Program, which gave rent subsidies up to $1,000 a month to select homeless families, following state budget cuts in 2011.

Bloomberg said on the radio that year that the program might have encouraged people to become homeless. “One theory is that some people have been coming into the homeless system, the shelter system, in order to qualify for a program that helps you move out of the homeless system,” he said.

Mary Brosnahan, of Coalition for the Homeless, said Bloomberg’s policies have contributed greatly to the uptick in homelessness in recent years. “He never really believed housing was the solution,” she said. “It was always, ‘Get a job.’ ”

A spokesman for Bloomberg declined comment.

On Monday, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani told NBC New York that he recently filed a complaint about a homeless man on his block. He said as mayor his policy was to “chase ’em, and they either get the treatment that they need or you chase ‘em out of the city,” he said.

His comments angered Brosnahan. “Asking Giuliani for advice on homelessness is like asking Bill Cosby to pour your wife a drink,” she said.


Court Rules Pro-Life Views Are “Patently Offensive,” Bans Choose Life License Plates in New York

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Life News: A federal appeals court has issued a ruling banning Choose Life license plates in New York state and claimed in its decision that pro-life views are “patently offensive.” The court issued ruling in The Children First Foundation v. Fiala,  which rejects a pro-adoption group’s application to sponsor a “Choose Life” specialty plate with the New York Department of Motor Vehicles.

The appeals court ruling overturned a lower court decision upholding the right of drivers in New York to purchase the pro-life plates.

As the Daily Caller reports:

A new decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals holds that New York’s state government has the right to ban “Choose Life” license plates on the grounds that such a statement is “patently offensive.”

The dispute stems from a now-suspended program offered by New York’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) which allowed private organizations to create custom license plates. If drivers purchased the plates, the purchasing price was split between the DMV and the non-profit.

The Children First Foundation (CFF), an organization promoting adoption as an alternative to abortion, submitted a design for a “Choose Life” license plate, which featured a drawing of two children’s faces in front of a yellow sun.

The proposed plate was rejected, with the DMV citing a policy that allows it to ban “patently offensive” plates in order to prevent incidents of road rageThe “patently offensive” category in U.S. speech is typically related to public obscenity laws, and allows for limitations on things like the public display of pornography or other materials that blatantly violate community standards.

Judge Rosemary Pooler, a Clinton appointee, agreed with New York’s position in her majority opinion. She took this view even though she also ruled that license plates are private speech subject to First Amendment protections. Despite these protections, however, she said that so many New Yorkers could find a plate advocating an anti-abortion position “patently offensive” that the DMV was justified in suppressing the speech.

In a strong dissent, Judge Debra Ann Livingston said the court was essentially granting the New York DMV the right to suppress any viewpoints it did not like.

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco decried the decision.

“Pro-adoption organizations should have the same speech rights as any other organization. While the district court affirmed this basic freedom, the circuit court denied free speech in favor of government censorship. The state doesn’t have the authority to target The Children First Foundation specialty plates for censorship based on its life-affirming viewpoint. The state has wrongly gotten away with speech discrimination against our client for more than 10 years. We will review our legal options.

The battle to allow motorists to purchase Choose Life license plates has been going on in the Empire State for years.

Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed the lawsuit on behalf of The Children First Foundation in 2004 against state officials who denied its attempt to allow motorists to purchase Choose Life license plates. The New York Department of Motor Vehicles rejected CFF’s design in August 2002 — considering it “too political and controversial” to approve. The organization redesigned the plate, adding the group’s web site to it to better explain its purpose, and the DMV rejected it again.

The state dismissed the attempt to create the plate and said it was rejected in order “to avoid any appearance of governmental support for either side in the divisive national abortion debate.”

Saying its free speech rights were denied, Children First filed suit with assistance from Alliance Defense Fund attorneys and, in January 2005, a federal judge ruled it had sufficiently argued its First Amendment rights would be violated.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed then-Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s second attempt to ban the plates and allowed the lawsuit to move forward. The DMV eventually suspended review of specialty plates — a move that Elizabeth Rex, president of the Children First Foundation, says was done specifically to block the Choose Life plate.

Guess which license plates the New York DMV does sell that could be labeled “patently offensive”?

National Police Defense Foundation

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War on Terror Veteran

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Guess the state is ok with the appearance of governmental support for these divisive national debates.


Senior aide to the wife of Bill de Blasio dating a convicted killer and drug trafficker

Noerdlinger and McFarlan

Noerdlinger and McFarlan

DailyMail: Chief of staff to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife has been dating a convicted killer who has publicly denounced police officers as “pigs” it was revealed Thursday. Rachel Noerdlinger has been in a serious romantic relationship with ex-convict Hassaun McFarlan, 36, since 2010.

This past January, she joined Mayor de Blasio’s team, and in her capacity as aide to First Lady Chirlane McCray she has been allowed to attend high-level NYPD meetings.

Hassaun McFarlan’s criminal record, first brought to light by DNAInfo, goes back to his first arrest at age 15 for shooting to death an older boy in a dispute over a goose-down jacket in Harlem.

Most recently, he got in trouble with the law last year when he nearly ran over a New Jersey state police officer while driving his girlfriend’s Mercedes-Benz, according to court records obtained by the news site. Two of McFarlan’s five arrests on charges ranging from driving on a suspended license to drug trafficking took place while he was dating Noerdlinger.

de Blasio, Noerdlinger, and Sharpton

de Blasio, Noerdlinger, and Sharpton

The 43-year-old chief of staff got her start as a publicist representing attorney Johnnie Cochran and prominent civil rights leader race baiter Rev Al Sharpton, who later hired her as a public relations adviser for his organization the National Action Network.

All the while, Noerdlinger’s live-in boyfriend has been raving against police officers on social media. In one post, which has since been removed along with McFarlan’s Facebook account, he reportedly wrote, “I can’t come outside without the pigs f***ing with me in the hood.”

When asked whether the bombshell revelations concerning Noerdlinger’s personal life might result in her dismissal, de Blasio’s spokeswoman Rebecca Katz stated to the New York Post: “Rachel’s mot going anywhere.” Katz however, pointed out that “no one at the city hall condones criminal behavior or disparagement of the NYPD, including Rachel.”

The spokeswoman went on to say that Ms. Noerdlinger, a single mother of one, was “a strong and independent woman” whose core values and beliefs are in line with the de Blasio administration.

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch, however, expressed concern regarding Noerdlinger’s access to sensitive police information and called into question the aide’s judgment. “It raises serious questions about her judgment and character and the quality of the counsel she provides to City Hall” he told the Post. “She should not be in that position.”

Attorney Jeffrey Lichtman, who represents Hassaun McFarlan and Rachel Noerdlinger, hit out at her critics saying that she performs her duties as chief of staff without any input from her boyfriend. “To her credit, she’s a loyal woman and a strong woman and she would not put her career ahead of people she cares about,” said Lichtman.

McFarlan, the song of a drug dealer from Harlem, has been arrested at least five times since 1993, when he shot dead Kenneth Carter, 18, over a jacket at a housing project. He pleased guilty to a manslaughter charge and spent the next seven years in prison.

In 2003, McFarlan ran afoul of the law a second time after he was busted as part of an interstate crack trafficking ring. McFarlan ended up behind bars yet again, this time in Massachusetts, after pleading guilty to a slew of drug charges. He was released in 2007.

Since then, McFarlan has been arrested at least three times for vehicular violations and marijuana possession; last November, he came close to mowing down a police officer responding to an accident. Through it all, McFarlan has been a vehement critic of law enforcement, referring to officers as “pigs” and criticizing the controversial stop-and-frisk policy.

In January 2012, McFarlan was apparently furious after reading a story about a police officer in Staten island who pleaded guilty to arresting an innocent black man on trumped up charges. “The system sucks this pig should be charged with a civil rights violation,” he wrote at the time in a post, which has since been deleted.

Noerdlinger, Sharpton, McCray, and de Blasio

Noerdlinger, Sharpton, McCray, and de Blasio

Al Sharpton cautiously has come to Rachel Noerdlinger’s defense, telling the New York Daily News that she should not have to answer for her boyfriend’s past actions.


New York rich face tax surprise when they die


CNBC: If you’re a New York multimillionaire, you now have another incentive to stay alive.

A change this month in New York’s estate tax, which was billed as tax relief for the wealthy, contains a hidden wrinkle that could leave some multimillionaires with a much bigger surprise tax upon their death. Certain estates could even wind up with a tax rate of 164 percent on portions of their estates, according to one tax expert.

The changes were intended to ease the tax bill for wealthy New Yorkers and prevent them from fleeing to lower-tax states. A report from the Tax Foundation found that New York had the highest tax burden in the country as a percentage of state income. It found that New Yorkers spent 12.6 percent of their per capita income in 2011 on state and local taxes.

Instead of lowering the tax bill, the tax changes could hit some estates with much higher-than-expected rates.

“It’s nonsensical,” said Kevin Matz, an accountant and attorney in White Plains, N.Y. “The governor said this is about making New York a better climate for the wealthy. It’s had the opposite effect.”

On its face, the new law seems like tax relief. Under the previous law, New Yorkers paid estate taxes of 3.06 percent to 16 percent on the value of estates over $1 million. The new law raises that exclusion to $2.062 million this year and gradually increases it to more than $5 million by 2017.

But because the law also phases out certain credits related to federal taxes, people who have estates valued just above the $2 million threshold could get massive estate tax bills. An analysis by U.S. Trust found that a New York resident who dies today with a taxable estate of $2,165,625 could have to pay an estate tax of over $112,050. That represents a tax of over 100 percent on the value of the estate over $2,062,000.

It gets worse in a few years. Matz said that assuming that the exclusion rises to $5,250,000, a New Yorker with a taxable estate of $5,512,500 would have to pay an estate tax of $430,050. That’s a marginal tax rate of 164 percent on the value of the estate above the exclusion.

It’s a bait and switch,” Matz said. The solution, he said, is to not phase out the tax credits. Or, the state could also allow them to phase out over a much longer period of time.

The New York State Society of CPAs and other groups have sent letters to New York lawmakers in hopes of getting a quick fix. So far, there has been little response.

A spokesman for the New York State Division of the Budget said that while the marginal rates may have changed, “No one’s taxes have gone up. The dollar amount they pay does not increase.”

He added that the tax change has insured that by the time it’s fully implemented in 2017, 90 percent of New York’s estates will no longer be taxed.

Matz, however, said the issue is not just a problem for the so-called rich. When you add up the value of property, pension plans, 401(k) plans and other assets, a New Yorker with just over $2 million in New York “is not exactly super rich. In a state with a high cost of living, that’s not that unusual.”


It took 12 years, Workers finally completed spire on One World Trade Center

It is inspiring, and may I just add those Ironworkers are completely   stark raving MAD!

~ Steve~                              H/T      The I_Man

PS. Click pics to enlarge.


These amazing photos of the 1776 foot tall new trade center have now been published, and boy are they exciting! This new tower is certainly beautiful, and will be a source of pride no doubt to people of New York City, who have lost so much 12 years ago.  See the stunning views and the enormous amount of construction this project entails!

Working above 1,700 feet in the air! Ironworkers install final sections on top of One WTC, May 2013

Working above 1,700 feet in the air! Ironworkers install final sections on top of One WTC, May 2013

“Iron workers and engineers prepare the beacon that will sit on top of One WTC’s spire.”

“Iron workers and engineers prepare the beacon that will sit on top of One WTC’s spire.”

Incredible view of the city and its new tower

Incredible view of the city and its new tower

“From on top of One WTC, you can see the East River Bridges, Brooklyn and Queens.”

“From on top of One WTC, you can see the East River Bridges, Brooklyn and Queens.”


“Window installers walk along beams at dizzying heights from the 102nd Floor of One WTC to install curtain wall panels.”

“Window installers walk along beams at dizzying heights from the 102nd Floor of One WTC to install curtain wall panels.”

Final 2 pieces of #One WTC spire sit next to previously installed sections. When connected, One WTC will stand 1776 ft.

Final 2 pieces of #One WTC spire sit next to previously installed sections. When connected, One WTC will stand 1776 ft.

“Ironworkers courageously guide spire sections 17 and 18 into place.”

“Ironworkers courageously guide spire sections 17 and 18 into place.”

“Spire Gang From left to right: Kevin Boyle, Richie Christy, Brett Davis, Kevin Sabbagh, Mark Donnelly, Arthur Peart”

“Spire Gang From left to right: Kevin Boyle, Richie Christy, Brett Davis, Kevin Sabbagh, Mark Donnelly, Arthur Peart”

Looking way, way down. The Original footprints.

Looking way, way down.
The Original footprints.

The WTC site

The WTC site

Ironworkers at #One WTC look on as the final flag-draped section of spire is hoisted to the top of the building.

Ironworkers at #One WTC look on as the final flag-draped section of spire is hoisted to the top of the building.

And That I call Amazing!

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Cinco de Mayo. And Now The Rest Of The Story.

Most people don’t know that back in 1912, Hellmann’s mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was 
to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York.      


This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico. But as we know, the great ship did not make it to New York. The ship hit an iceberg and sank. The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly awaiting its delivery, were disconsolate at the loss. Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning.


The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known, of course, as – Sinko De Mayo.

~Steve~                                               H/T   Mark McGrew

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